The 23-year-old Olympic gymnast has delivered a chilling testimony in court about the abuse she as well as her fellow athletes have endured at the hand of Team USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar— who has been sentenced to 175 years in prison for sexually assaulting over 160 women and girls.
Aly Raisman has teamed up with the clothing brand Aerie by featuring in their new “#AerieReal” campaign un-retouched for encouraging tolerance, acceptance as well as body positivity. She has also joined “Sports Illustrated Swim” new franchise, ‘In Her Own Words’— posing completely nude with only the quotes “trust yourself,” “live for you,” and “abuse is never okay” written on her body. The absolutely stunning black and white portraits were shot by Taylor Ballantyne have marked the evolution of the iconic Swimsuit Issue of SI for the ongoing push for women’s equality.
The gold medalist Aly has told SI Swim: “I would like to remind everyone that being a survivor is nothing to be ashamed of, and going through a hard time does not define you. She has said that she hopes that they can one day get to a point where everyone realizes that women do not have to be modest to be respected and they are free to draw confidence and happiness in their own way, and it is never for someone else to choose for them or to even judge them for that matter. Aly has shared: “For me, ‘In Her Own Words’ serves as a reminder that we are all humans, we are all battling something, and it is ok to not be ok. We are not alone and we need each other.” SI Swim Editor MJ Day has told PEOPLE: “The ‘In Her Own Words’ project is the evolution of the messaging of the SI Swimsuit issue that we have been consistently promoting in the issue for years.”